A 39-year-old mother has been missing from Los Angeles for more than 6 weeks. Her ex-husband believes her disappearance may be connected to her job in finance.
Los Angeles mother Heidi Planck has been missing since October 17.
On Monday, police said they suspected Planck had died and turned their search to a landfill.
Planck’s ex-husband said he suspects her disappearance may have to do with her finance industry job.
A 39-year-old Los Angeles woman who has been missing for more than six weeks is now believed to be dead, police said Monday, as they turned their focus to a landfill in search of Heidi Planck’s remains.
Planck’s ex-husband, Jim Wayne, has spoken to the media, detailing how he believes her disappearance may have something to do with her work for a man the Securities and Exchange Commission accused of a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme.
Wayne was one of the last to see Planck alive and reported her missing to police. She attended their son’s football game in Downey on October 17, but left the game early. Wayne told KTLA that Planck “didn’t seem agitated” but “might have been a little bit antsy,” when she came over and told him she was leaving early. She texted their son later to congratulate him on his win, Wayne told KTLA.
The last known sighting of Planck was on security footage, showing her walking her dog outside a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex called Hope + Flower later that evening. About 30 minutes after that footage was recorded, Planck’s dog was found wandering the 29th floor of one of the apartment buildings in the complex, with Planck nowhere to be seen, FOX 11 Los Angeles reported.
Two of Planck’s friends told KTLA that they aren’t sure why Planck was last seen outside Hope + Flower, since they weren’t aware of her having any connection to the apartment complex. But they said they’ve since spoke to several staff at the complex who said they knew Planck and recognized her dog.
In a Monday press release, Los Angeles Police Department officials said they now believe Planck is dead, based on forensic evidence they located inside the building.
Detectives are now focusing their efforts on searching the Chiquita Canyon Landfill in Castaic, California, for “human remains” and “any related evidence,” the press release said. Authorities expect the search to take seven to 10 days.
Police had no information on a possible suspect or suspects as of Monday. An LAPD spokesperson told Insider on Tuesday they had no update on the investigation.
Planck’s ex-husband addressed the media on Monday, saying his son needs answers about what happened to the boy’s mother.
Her ex-husband speculated her disappearance may have to do with her work
In a previous interview with KTLA, Wayne speculated that Planck’s disappearance may have something to do with her work at an investment firm, where she worked for Jason Sugarman, who the SEC accused in 2019 of stealing $43 million in client funds.
One of Sugarman’s victims was a Native American tribe, according to the civil complaint viewed by Insider. The case is still pending in New York federal court, after Sugarman’s motion to dismiss the case in January 2020 was denied, court records show.
Wayne told KTLA that the SEC contacted him four days after his ex-wife disappeared to ask about her boss at Camden Capital Partners, where she worked as financial controller, according to CBS Los Angeles.
KTLA and CBS LA obtained surveillance footage that appeared to show Sugarman dropping pastries off outside of Planck’s home in the Palms neighborhood of West LA, a day or two after she disappeared.
Insider reached out to Wayne, Sugarman, and the SEC for comment on Tuesday, but did not immediately receive responses.
The LAPD is asking anyone who may have information about Planck’s disappearance to contact the Robbery-Homicide Division at 213-486-6840.
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